Saturday, November 25, 2017

The sweet spot



Stepping out into the garden this fine late November morning, I was struck by what a sweet spot the garden is in at the moment. Everything is growing well, all the vegie crops are already being picked and producing more every day, and all the woes of a Sydney summer seem like they're an eternity away. Late spring is just about the perfect time of year to be a gardener in this part of the world.

As is my custom, here's an iPhone "Panorama" shot taken 10 minutes ago of all the happy campers in their park.

I'm often struck by how different the human eye is from a camera. From inside our house, looking out, this big yellow star of a zucchini flower is what catches your eye. It said to me "if you don't come out with your camera and take a photo of me, you're missing out". And yet in the panorama above you can barely notice it.

This is the first year I have grown Lebanese zucchini, and they're different from the more conventional 'Blackjack' zucchinis which I tend to grow most years. For one thing, as you can see here, the plants are very susceptible to powdery mildew, but this doesn't affect the crops. In fact, this light dusting of mildew almost looks nice. I'm sure it'll end up being much worse, and I'll pull the plants out prematurely in midsummer, but right now, in this late spring "sweet spot" I can live with spotty leaves.

Zucchini flowers don't last long, but they are fun, and besides, you can always fill them up with ricotta cheese and herbs, coat them in tempura batter and do some fancy dining with them.

The reason I'm growing these pale green Lebanese zucchini is mostly just to try something different, but also because I think these smaller zucchinis have a better flavour than the bigger, dark green ones.

"Lebanese" this, "Lebanese" that: it's an accidental theme this year, and here's my Lebanese eggplant looking young and healthy. Lots of flowers but no fruit yet. They'll appear in summer.

But wait, there's more! Lebanese cucumbers, too, climbing up my frail, spindly teepee of skinny bamboo. These things don't merely "crop", they "glut". We've already harvested several and have given a few away, but fortunately Pammy loves snacking on little bits of chopped up cucumber, so she's my main customer. 

It's taken a while to turn a dozen or so tiny little mixed lettuce seeds into this delicious salad starter pack, but the idea of having a nice mixture of salad greens in a pot that's within a few steps of the kitchen is working out nicely.

I haven't grown silver beet in years, but by chance I ended up with half a punnet of seedlings and in just a few weeks here they are, very big ready to go. I love cooking Indian food, and so a lot of these leaves will go into things such as a lamb or chicken saag, or a vego palak paneer.

I suspect this whole crop won't be here in two weeks' time, but right now they are looking splendid.

Call it a portent of summer pests to come, but here's the only problem popping up during this gardening sweet spot. I suspect it's slugs, because I can't find any snails nearby, but someone is munching on my pot of basil and they're having a delicious old time of it, too.

I've moved the pot to another spot and I'm on the lookout for culprits. So far no luck, and more leaves eaten last night. 

Maybe it's caterpillars? In that case, in my current sweet mood of spring gardening contentment, I am adopting the benign policy of feeding our garden's future butterflies some tender young Genovese basil, and I hope they appreciate its flavour.






19 comments:

MDN said...

Jaime, your vegetable garden looks splendid! From what I read we are gardening in similar climate (subtropical humid) I'd love to have a vegetable garden but I don't have enough space in my garden: it's vegetables or flowers and I love flowers too much. Have a great weekend!

Phil in Newy said...

Nice update, thanks Jamie. And best wishes to SWMBO, too.
It all looks great and nice to wander in someone else's garden. I know mine backwards, though it will never bore me.

Funny with that mildew on the zucchini. I've some cucumbers growing and the leaves look just the same. A close inspection of the discolouration showed it was like a blistery film, and not powdery. And nor does it seem to affect the growth, and it doesn't spread or destroy the leaves. Is that mildew or have you seen that sort of affect?

My strawberries, which tend to grow all year round in a warm sheltered spot next to the pond, get eaten just when ripe. Still can't pinpoint the culprit, but the of suspects is, in descending order, cockroaches, slugs, mice, ants, and of course, every other insect/creature ever seen in the garden :0) I prefer the challenge & tactics of physical protection rather than scorched earth on the locals.

And hasn't this been a perfect east-coast weekend!

Jamie said...


Phil
Now I'm doubting that the white markings on the zucchini are mildew at all. Certainly the long, dry spell of weather hasn't been all that mildewy lately. I'll have to investigate some more, but the important thing is that the cropping is entirely unaffected.

michelle hamer said...

The zucchini leaves look perfectly healthy to me, some squash have silvery markings like that on their leaves. Your garden is looking splendid, such a contrast to my ratty tatty northern hemisphere late autumn garden. I'm watching plants die right and left and can hardly keep up with moving them to the compost bin.

Jamie said...

Thanks for that, Michelle. Classic "newbie" mistake on my part!

Treasurebox said...

Turn your backyard into that cozy outdoor feeling. Get that Vitamin D reloaded as you feel the heat of the sun linger on your skin. Rainy day outside? No worries, we have a great range of gazebo, garden sheds, and awnings selections available to get you covered.

Image Copier said...

Nice post. Interesting images. Thanks for sharing the post

Sathya said...

Interesting information and attractive.This blog is really rocking... Yes, the post is very interesting and I really like it.I never seen articles like this. I meant it's so knowledgeable, informative, and good looking site. I appreciate your hard work. Good job.
Kindly visit us @
Sathya Online Shopping
Buy AC Online
Buy Split AC Online
Buy Window AC Online
Buy LED TV Online
Buy Laptop Online

Hridya Balee said...

Nice blog, it's so knowledgeable, informative, and good looking site. I appreciate your hard work. Good job. Thank you for this wonderful sharing with us. Keep Sharing.
Kindly visit us @
SATHYA Technosoft - Singapore
Digital Marketing Agency Singapore
SEO Company Singapore
PPC Services Singapore
Social Media Marketing Singapore

Obat Luka Gangren Tanpa Amputasi said...

Thank you for sharing the information, may be useful :)

Obat Gusi Bengkak Secara Efektif
Pengobatan Alami Pengapuran Tulang
Pengobatan Sakit Atau Nyeri Punggung
Obat Kadas Kurap Mujarab
Pengobatan Fistula Ani Tanpa Operasi
Pengobatan Saraf Terjepit

Pankaj Singh said...

This is an informative post which is so clear and understandable. It is excellent information with unique content of this blog and it is very useful to know about the information based on blogs.
Website Development Company in Delhi

digitallife said...

pvc laminates sheet manufacturer india
pvc laminates sheet supplier in india
pvc laminates sheet
pvc laminates sheet exporter in india
bendable pvc sheet
pvc laminates sheet price
pvc sheet suppliers in haryana
bendable pvc laminates india
bendable plastic sheet in india
meraki flexible pvc sheet
flexible pvc sheet suppliers
leminated plastic sheet india
pvc coated sheets india
flexible pvc sheets india
LAMINATEd texture sheets in india
LAMINATEd marble sheets in india
biggest indian manufacturer of pvc laminates
unicore pvc laminates

sachindigitalplanner said...

Rice Bags Manufacturers
Pouch Manufacturers

sachindigitalplanner said...

we have provide the best ppc service.
ppc services in gurgaon
website designing company in Gurgaon
PPC company in Noida

sachindigitalplanner said...

we have provide the best fridge repair service.
fridge repair in faridabad
Bosch Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Godrej Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Samsung Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Videocon Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Whirlpool Fridge Repair in Faridabad
Panasonic Fridge Repair in Faridabad
LG Refrigerator Repair In Faridabad

sachindigitalplanner said...

Bali Honeymoon Packages From Delhi
Bali Honeymoon Packages From Chennai
Hong Kong Packages From Delhi
Europe Packages from Delhi
Bali Honeymoon Packages From Bangalore
Bali Honeymoon Packages From Mumbai
Maldives Honeymoon Packages From Bangalore

Shanthi Cabs said...

The article is very interesting and very understood to be read, may be useful for the people. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it. I have to bookmarked to check out new stuff on your post. Thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts..
Kindly visit us @
Madurai Travels | Travels in Madurai
Best Travels in Madurai
Cabs in Madurai | Madurai Cabs
Tours and Travels in Madurai

Rigid Box said...

Excellent Blog. I really want to admire the quality of this post. I like the way of your presentation of ideas, views and valuable content. No doubt you are doing great work. I’ll be waiting for your next post. Thanks .Keep it up!
Kindly visit us @
Luxury Packaging Box
Wallet Box
Perfume Box Manufacturer
Candle Packaging Boxes
Luxury Leather Box
Luxury Clothes Box
Luxury Cosmetics Box
Shoe Box Manufacturer
Luxury Watch Box

KIT said...

Nice blog, it's so knowledgeable, informative, and good looking site. I appreciate your hard work. Good job. Thank you for this wonderful sharing with us. Keep Sharing.
Kindly visit us @
100% Job Placement
Best Colleges for Computer Engineering
Biomedical Engineering Colleges in Coimbatore
Best Biotechnology Colleges in Tamilnadu
Biotechnology Colleges in Coimbatore
Biotechnology Courses in Coimbatore
Best MCA Colleges in Tamilnadu
Best MBA Colleges in Coimbatore
Engineering Courses in Tamilnadu
Engg Colleges in Coimbatore